With the decision by USC administrators to fire coach Lane Kiffin early Sunday morning, talk almost immediately began about who could replace that position on a permanent basis.
And it seems as though USC could look to the NFL (again).
"It would be shocking if Fisher even entertained the thought, given where the Rams stand and the responsibilities he took on there (he is a Southern Cal guy, but the Rams themselves could end up playing in LA at some point). Del Rio, former Jags head coach, will be a very hot name for many openings if his defense keeps this up, and the school could approach him after the season. It's a job that has held allure for him in the past." -- La Canfora
This would continue a trend from USC to hire its head coaches with NFL experience. The last four coaches – Kiffin, Pete Carroll, Paul Hackett and John Robinson (the second time) -- all had NFL coaching experience before arriving at USC.
Del Rio hasn't coached in the college ranks. But he had some success as the Jaguars head coach from 2003-11, making the playoffs twice and putting together five non-losing seasons.
However, he's made himself into a head coaching candidate again, because of the success he's had with the Broncos defense the past two seasons -- particularly this year when his team has been without Elvis Dumervil, Von Miller and Champ Bailey.
Lane Kiffin, La Canfora reports, could resurface as a consultant for an NFL team, and possibly a position coach on someone's staff in 2014, but he has a lot of money coming to him from USC, and some close to him don't think he will be in a hurry to leave the LA area.
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